The SF Chronicle reported the known facts.
Last night, an extraordinarily moving, angry, anxious and defiant speakout at 24th Street and Mission marked her murder and remembered her life. I didn't know Ruby, but I can share these images from her memorial.
Assembyman Mark Leno
Police Commissioner Theresa Sparks
Tina D'Elia from Community United against Violence (CUAV)
Staff of CUAV passed out a frightening fact sheet -- three other violent deaths of transgendered women have been reported to the San Francisco agency over the last year.
The figure is called "Toma tu teta!" ("Come get some titty!"). She is said to represent a memory of an historical person, an inter-sexed person. Unlike most inter-sexed persons (the one baby in 1500 or so who is born with the physical gender characteristics of both sexes) she neither died in infancy nor was subjected to gender reassignment surgery -- presumably unavailable in a 19th century Nicaraguan town. She grew to adulthood, someone to laugh at, abuse, shame. Eventually, driven mad, she would approach the men of the town, thrusting out her breast at them -- or so the legend says.
The folks mourning Ruby yesterday want us all to know, there is another way. There has to be.